ArtsECO Teacher Meetup
In conjunction with the 2017 MAS Group Show
Join us as we host the March ArtsECO Teacher Meetup, organized by Midwest Artist Studios (MAS) and UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. The Meetup is open to everyone, especially artists, educators and students interested in working in art education. This special reception is in conjunction with the 2017 MAS Group Show, on view March 3 – April 1.
Teachers will enjoy a brief introduction and presentation about MAS, followed by a discussion on creating rich art curriculum using local/regional artists and their work. MAS artists Todd Mrozinski will also speak about his experience working with MAS and partnering with teachers to create curriculum based on his approach to art making.
As is the Teacher Meetup tradition, there will also be a raffle, with prizes including MAS catalogue and workbooks, WPCA memberships, art and art supplies. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.
ArtsECO is a constellation of programs that develop teachers as change-makers, backed by a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations, non-profits and K-16 school partnerships. The program recruits and develops thoughtfully engaged, social justice-oriented pre-service teachers and supports them as they grow into inspired mentors who integrate the arts into the classroom. The program develops teachers’ resilience and abilities to leverage and share the rich assets of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.
The Midwest Artist Studios™ Project was established by a Wisconsin art educator, Frank Juarez. A team consisting of a photographer, writer, and assistant travelled the Midwest visiting contemporary visual artists who embrace the importance of Art Education, believe that their art experience was influenced or shaped by their K-12 Art Education and are following their artistic dream of art making. These visits encompassed a close and personal approach into the studio life of an artist. Artists talked about their engagement in their art processes, and discussed their rigorous work schedule, daily commitments, work ethic, artistic vision; to name a few.
Each year the MAS Team created a catalog and a curriculum workbook, containing lesson plans that compliment and reinforce the artists’ contemporary art practices. These lesson plans can be used to supplement or become an art curriculum for grades 6-12. A blog houses the MAS Team’s journey, behind the scenes footage, reflections, and photographs. The MAS exhibition hosted by Walker’s Point Center for the Arts includes 14 of the MAS artists, celebrating the culmination of this three-year project.